ballach

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Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish ballach; synchronically, ball (spot, mark) +‎ -ach.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Connacht) IPA(key): [ˈbˠal̪ˠəx]
  • (Ulster) IPA(key): [ˈbˠal̪ˠax], [ˈbˠal̪ˠah], [ˈbˠal̪ˠa]
  • Hyphenation: bal‧lach

Adjective[edit]

ballach (genitive singular masculine ballaigh, genitive singular feminine ballaí, plural ballacha, comparative ballaí)

  1. spotted, blotchy, dappled, mottled, speckled

Declension[edit]

Noun[edit]

ballach m (genitive singular ballaigh, nominative plural ballaigh)

  1. wrasse

Declension[edit]

Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
ballach bhallach mballach
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[edit]

  • "ballach" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • ballach” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.
  • Entries containing “ballach” in English-Irish Dictionary, An Gúm, 1959, by Tomás de Bhaldraithe.
  • Entries containing “ballach” in New English-Irish Dictionary by Foras na Gaeilge.

Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish ballach; synchronically, ball (spot, mark) +‎ -ach.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: bal‧lach

Adjective[edit]

ballach

  1. spotted, speckled, variegated

Derived terms[edit]

Mutation[edit]

Scottish Gaelic mutation
Radical Lenition
ballach bhallach
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[edit]

  • ballach” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.